Year in year out, every September, member states met in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York for its annual session and its highly-visible general debate. The modalities of the 75th session is different this year in the light of the global health crisis.
The General Assembly during the COVID-19 pandemic is carrying its work via novel means to guarantee business continuity and mitigate the spread of the disease.
The pandemic is not the only issue the world faces. Racism, intolerance, inequality, climate change, poverty, hunger, armed conflict and other ills remain global challenges. These challenges call for global action, and the session of the General Assembly is a critical opportunity for all to come together and chart a course for the future.
Most leaders will not be appearing in person and meetings are going virtual, but that’s not to say that the wheels of global diplomacy and sustainable development is not turning at the usual speed.